[QODLink]
Americas
Mexico violence leaves kin without closure
Lack of official help prevents thousands from paying their final respects to missing relatives.
Last Modified: 15 Jul 2011 20:58

Mexico's drug violence has claimed tens of thousands of lives and left many families without closure, unsure if their loved ones are alive or dead.

Human-rights activists say of the nearly 40,000 crimes perpetrated in the past five years, 95 per cent have never been prosecuted or investigated.

The fact that authorities have not identified most of the bodies in mass graves, coupled with the lack of information available to victims, has led many to believe that most of the bodies are ending up in unmarked graves in cemeteries.

Al Jazeera's Monica Villamizar has one family's story from Mexico City.

Source:
Al Jazeera
Topics in this article
People
Country
City
Featured on Al Jazeera
Swathes of the British electorate continue to show discontent with all things European, including immigration.
Astronomers have captured images of primordial galaxies that helped light up the cosmos after the Big Bang.
Critics assail British photographer's portrayal of indigenous people, but he says he's highlighting their plight.
As Western stars re-release 1980s charity hit, many Africans say it's a demeaning relic that can do more harm than good.
Featured
No one convicted after 58 people gunned down in cold blood in 2009 in the country's worst political mass killing.
While hosting the World Internet Conference, China tries Tiananmen activist for leaking 'state secrets' to US website.
Once staunchly anti-immigrant, some observers say the conservative US state could lead the way in documenting migrants.
NGOs say women without formal documentation are being imprisoned after giving birth in Malaysia.
Public stripping and assault of woman and rival protests thereafter highlight Kenya's gender-relations divide.